There was drama at the Hoima District Council Monday morning as a section of councilors exchanged blows with members of the District Executive Committee.
The fracas happened at around 11am during the district extra-ordinary council meeting held at the District Headquarters Kasingo in Hoima West Division.
The fight erupted as the councilors accused the District Speaker Swaibu Nyangabyaki for calling the meeting without the stipulated time of seven days.
When the district LC5 Vice Chairperson Benson Chiche stood up to present Local Government guidelines defending the speaker’s position of convening the meeting on short notice, the councilors led by Patrick Rusoke, the Buraru Sub-County councilor grabbed the book containing the rules of procedure leading to a fight.
The standard rules of procedure for local government councils in Uganda stipulate that the Speaker may call a special meeting on recommendation of the executive committee declaring the emergency at any time he or she considers expedient, giving reasonable notice. A notice in writing is then issued to all council members at least seven working days before the meeting.
Chiche sustained injures on the face while Rusoke’s face was left swollen.
Rusoke accused Speaker Nyangabyaki of refusing to give chance to councilors who are not on the executive to deliberate on any issue in council a reason as to why they had to use blows to fight the injustice in council.
The district council speaker Nyabyaki has however denied being used by the office of the LCV chairman and accused councilors who are not on the executive of being compromised by land grabbers in the district.
Nyangabyaki wonders why councilors would say the meeting was called on short notice yet they were given an invitation six days ago. The council sitting was postponed to February 24, 2022.
But, Kadir Kirungi, the Hoima District LCV Chairman says the councilors are being used by external powers to cause chaos.
Kadiri adds that on Sunday evening, at least 12 councilors were summoned to a meeting by the Hoima district security committee, chaired by the Hoima Resident Commissioner Yosam Tumwebaze adding that shortly after the meeting he was briefed by some councillors of what had transpired. Kadiri has however declined to divulge the details of the alleged meeting.
Dominic Tibasiima, the Hoima Deputy Resident district Commissioner condemned the act of fighting by the Councilors and wants police to investigate the matter.